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Baltimore Ravens Head to Halftime Leading the Pittsburgh Steelers 10-7

November 18th, 2012 at 9:58 PM
By Mark Mihalko

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens are caught up in a typical match-up. To this point, this hard-fought game is separated by one special teams play, with the Ravens heading to halftime with a 10-7 lead.

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The Steelers wasted little time after taking the opening kickoff to take an early lead. After a huge 42-yard penalty on their first play set them up in Ravens territory, it took only two more plays to hit pay dirt. Byron Leftwich, making his first start since 2009, scampered 31-yards for a touchdown to put them up 7-0 less than a minute into the game.

The Ravens got on the board, after a Mike Wallace fumble set them up in the Steelers Red Zone. Although their offense managed very little, the field position allowed them to manage a 26-yard Justin Tucker field goal to make the score 7-3. That deficit did not last long for the Ravens, as after hold the Steelers to one first down, Jacoby Jones returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown to stake them to a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter.

While neither offense set the world on fire, the Steelers seemed to struggle more with determining what they wanted to do. Leftwich may have the team on the board in the run game, but he is pedestrian as a passer, completing 7-of-17 passes for 85 yards.

On the injury front, the Steelers have lost defensive lineman Ziggy Hood to a back injury and running back Isaac Redman to a concussion early in the game, with neither player returning to action.

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Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Byron Leftwich, Football, Jacoby Jones, Justin Tucker, Mike Wallace, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers

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